This week, I’d like to take you to the Everest region of Nepal to meet five girls who are currently in the 10th grade. In the Solukhumbu, 70% of all girls drop out of school after 10th grade because the higher secondary school is too difficult to reach both geographically and financially. We’re hoping to change that.
Each day, we will introduce you to a new girl. The women range in age from 17-24 but are united in their desire to continue their studies. Today, we’ll meet Pelu Lama.
Pelu, how old are you?
What do you want to do when you are older?
I want to be a nurse.
Tell me a bit about your family.
I have a father and 4 younger sisters. My mom passed away while giving birth to a baby 3 years before. Now I know my mom died because we didn’t take her to a hospital (it’s too far away – a 1 day walk) so I want to be a nurse and save as many mothers as possible.
Why would you want a spot in the hostel?
My senior sisters told me that staying alone in a rented room in Salleri [the district headquarters] is very expensive and unsafe so I want to stay in the hostel for my education.
Why do you want to continue your studies?
I can’t be a nurse without higher education. I can’t support my sisters and family without a good education and job.